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The Stanley Foundation advances multilateral action to create fair, just, and lasting solutions to critical issues of peace and security. The foundation's work is built on a belief that greater international cooperation will improve global governance and enhance global citizenship. The organization values its Midwestern roots and family heritage as well as its role as a nonpartisan, private operating foundation.

The Stanley Foundation does not make grants.

Vision
The Stanley Foundation seeks a secure peace with freedom and justice, built on global citizenship and effective global governance.

Mission
The Stanley Foundation advances multilateral action to create fair, just, and lasting solutions to critical issues of peace and security.

Core Values
Core Values are statements that convey important philosophies of the foundation and are used in concert with the Vision and Mission statements to guide the foundation in decision making.

About Our Vision

  • All people have inherent dignity, value, and ability to contribute to building a sustainable future.
  • All people deserve a world at peace where the causes of conflict are addressed and disputes are resolved without recourse to violence.
  • We value and encourage a constructive US multilateral role.
  • We recognize the essential roles of both the policy community and civil society in building sustainable peace.

About the Foundation

  • We consider our staff and governance members our greatest assets and maintain a constructive and collaborative work environment.
  • We value our heritage and future as a family foundation and nurture sustained family involvement.
  • We value our ongoing role as a private operating foundation.
  • We value our Midwest location and the perspective it brings to our work.
  • We value our relationships with a wide range of allies to promote cooperative approaches and multilateral solutions.
  • We model global citizenship in our local community.

About Our Work

  • Advocacy is a core part of our programming—building support for specific outcomes that we expect to advance our vision and mission.
  • We are pragmatic, flexible, and opportunity driven.
  • We risk failure in order to be effective.
  • We maintain a long-term, independent perspective.
  • We are nonpartisan, and our forums are respectful of all voices.

Our Work
The foundation's current work includes specific actions toward policy change in the issue areas of nuclear policy, mass violence and atrocities, and climate change. We also support educational efforts in our community through our Community Partnerships programming. Previous initiatives of the foundation can be seen here.

HIGHLIGHTS
Catherine Miller Explorer Awards: Where in the World Do You Want to Go? Catherine Miller Explorer Awards: Where in the World Do You Want to Go?
Attention all full-time Muscatine Community School District and Saints Mary and Mathias Catholic School K-12 teachers, for the 2018-2019 school year, the Stanley Foundation announces: Catherine Miller Explorer Awards. Enter the drawing.

12th Annual International Women Authors Series 12th Annual International Women Authors Series
Featuring Best-Selling Author Valeria Luiselli

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
5:30 - 8:00 PM
Radisson Quad City Plaza
111 E. 2nd Street, Davenport, IA
 
REGISTER TO ATTEND


Receive Materials Receive Materials
The Stanley Foundation publishes policy briefs, analytical articles, and reports on a number of international issues. To reduce our carbon footprint and cut waste, we almost exclusively, use electronic distribution for our publications. Sign up to receive our resources via e-mail.

Employment Opportunities
Policy Program Associate, Nuclear Policy
The Stanley Foundation seeks a program associate to join its Policy Programming Department to contribute energy, creativity, and analytical skill to the design and implementation of programming on technology and nuclear policy. 

Operations Specialist
Seeking a dedicated, dynamic individual who has a passion for working in the field of event planning and prefers a small-business atmosphere with opportunities for international travel. This full-time position involves event-planning operations and activities for various programming efforts on climate change, nuclear policy issues, and mass violence and atrocities.


Investigation U. Camper Photos Investigation U. Camper Photos
We had a great group of campers attend the Investigation U. program this summer. Click here for photos. For participants only, username: IU2018.

Courier Courier
The Spring 2018 issue of Courier highlights the issues facing Cambodian fishermen as their lakes are affected by climate change. It includes a tribute to Dick and Mary Jo Stanley, a look at UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ attempts at UN reform, and a peek at our Iowa Student Global Leadership conference.

The issue also focuses on how artificial intelligence is being integrated into military systems around the world, how sustainable farming practices can impact carbon emissions, and the cyber vulnerabilities of the world’s most dangerous weapons. Spring 2018 PDF. (1,151K) Subscribe for FREE.


the latest the latest
Our bimonthly newsletter is filled with resources to keep you up to date with our work at the Stanley Foundation. Each edition includes news about recent publications and stories as well as features our people and partners.

You will also find many extras, from upcoming events to multimedia resources. 

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Stanley Foundation Annual Conferences Stanley Foundation Annual Conferences
The Stanley Foundation holds two annual conferences, UN Issues and the Strategy for Peace Conference. These bring together experts from the public and private sectors to meet in a distraction-free setting and candidly exchange ideas on pressing foreign policy challenges.

Divided into roundtable talks, the cutting-edge discussions are intended to inspire group consensus and shared recommendations to push forward the debate on the foundation’s key policy areas.


The Stanley Foundation: Part of COP23 The Stanley Foundation: Part of COP23
As a part of our efforts to limit global warming to 1.5° C, the foundation put forward policy ideas to achieve a global turning point in emissions by 2020, built upon efforts to catalyze global climate action by countries and sub- and non-state actors, and worked with journalists to strengthen coverage of the UN climate negotiations.

A Climate for Conflict: Stories from Somalia A Climate for Conflict: Stories from Somalia
The Ground Truth Project, New America, and the Stanley Foundation are hosting a Screening of “A Climate for Conflict” and discussion with the creators followed by a panel discussion on Climate Security and Societal Resilience on May 30, 2017.

Somalia today is at a crossroads between a deepening crisis and a path to stability. Photographer and filmmaker Nichole Sobecki and writer Laura Heaton spent 18 months documenting personal stories of Somalia, creating a film, photography, and reporting that vividly illustrate the human consequences and security risks of a changing climate. Read more.

Follow the conversation online with #AClimateforConflict.


Watch and Learn Watch and Learn
Stanley Foundation events, talks, video reports, and segments from our Now Showing event-in-a-box series can now be viewed on YouTube. To receive regular updates on our video posts, please subscribe today.